Spanish Verb APRETAR: to tighten

The Spanish verb apretar means 'to tighten ' and is an irregular Spanish AR verb.

To remember this, imagine A PRETTY girl tightens the noose!

Apretar changes the stem in the Present, Present Subjunctive and Imperative tenses.
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Read on, below the APRETAR verb table...
           to tighten: apretar
Imagine A PRETTY girl tightens the noose!
Simple Tenses apretar
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

aprieto aprietas aprieta apretamos apretáis aprietan

apretaba apretabas apretaba apretábamos apretabais apretaban

apreté apretaste apretó apretamos apretasteis apretaron

will tighten
apretaré apretarás apretará apretaremos apretaréis apretarán

would tighten
apretaría apretarías apretaría apretaríamos apretaríais apretarían

may tighten
apriete aprietes apriete apretemos apretéis aprieten
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

may tighten
apretara apretaras apretara apretáramos apretarais apretaran
apretase apretases apretase apretásemos apretaseis apretasen
Imperative Tenses apretar

¡aprieta! ¡apriete! ¡apretemos! ¡apretad! ¡aprieten!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't tighten!
¡no aprietes! ¡no apriete! ¡no apretemos! ¡no apretéis! ¡no aprieten!
Compound Tenses apretar - Past Participle apretado - tightened
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have tightened
he apretado has apretado ha apretado hemos apretado habéis apretado han apretado
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had tightened
hube apretado hubiste apretado hubo apretado hubimos apretado hubisteis apretado hubieron apretado
Past Perfect

had tightened
había apretado habías apretado había apretado habíamos apretado habíais apretado habían apretado
Present Perfect Subjunctive
Presente perfecto

have tightened
haya apretado hayas apretado haya apretado hayamos apretado hayáis apretado hayan apretado
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have tightened
habré apretado habrás apretado habrá apretado habremos apretado habréis apretado habrán apretado
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would have tightened
habría apretado habrías apretado habría apretado habríamos apretado habríais apretado habrían apretado

may have tightened
hubiera apretado hubieras apretado hubiera apretado hubiéramos apretado hubierais apretado hubieran apretado
hubiese apretado hubieses apretado hubiese apretado hubiésemos apretado hubieseis apretado hubiesen apretado
Progressive Tenses: Present Participle apretando - tightening
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am tightening
estoy apretando estás apretando está apretando estamos apretando está apretando están apretando
Preterit Progressive

was tightening
estuve apretando estuviste apretando estuvo apretando estuvimos apretando estuvisteis apretando estuvieron apretando
Imperfect Progressive

had been tightening
estaba apretando estabas apretando estaba apretando estábamos apretando estabais apretando estaban apretando
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto

will be tightening
estaré apretando estarás apretando estará apretando estaremos apretando estaréis apretando estarán apretando
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto

would've been tightening
estaría apretando estarías apretando estabría apretando estaríamos apretando estaríais apretando estarían apretando
Subjunctive Progressive

may've been tightening
que ~ apretando que ~ apretando que ~ apretando que ~ apretando que ~ apretando que ~ apretando
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Spanish for tighten is apretar apretar can also mean: to squeeze, to grip, to clutch; to press or pull; to intensify, to get worse.
apretarse (vr): to huddle together, to squeeze together.
apretar a hacer algo: to begin to do something.
apretar a correr: to break into a run.

Spanish for tighten is apretar apretar la mano a alguien: to shake someone's hand.
apretar bien: to clench.
apretar el puño: to clench one's fist.

Spanish for tighten is apretar ¡Aprieta! Nonsense! Good grief!
apretar a alguien: to put pressure on someone.
apretar el cinturón: to tighten the belt.
apretar el acelerador: to put one's foot down on the accelerator.
apretar los tornillos: to tighten the screws.

you informal vos replaces - you, informal, singular -
- in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and also in some countries of Central America.
Sometimes it also replaces the formal singular 'Usted'.
In irregular AR verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:  vos apretás
Imperativo:  ¡apretá!


  • The Spanish verb for tighten apretar is an Irregular AR verb.
  • Learn to conjugate apretar and it will reinforce this irregular pattern.
  • Do a series of verbs every day for a month and you will have a solid knowledge of the verbs' conjugation patterns. Keep doing them with a new one every day from the Spanish Verbs List.
  • The same applies to the various patterns. Each month we feature a daily verb from one of the major pattern groups.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations.

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